Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal



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If you’re planning on selling your home one of the first things you need to think about is curb appeal.  You may have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a newly renovated bathroom, but it won’t mean a thing if no one gets to see them. If a potential buyer mistakes the front […]

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early?



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Is paying off your mortgage early a good idea or a mistake?  The other night we went to our neighbor’s house for dinner and while the kids played video games in the living room the adults hung out in the kitchen drinking craft beer and chatting.  My buddy Pete started talking about his family’s finances […]

Tips for First Time Home Buyers



Buying a home can be a daunting process.  I’ve been through it twice now so I figured it would be good to share some of the things I learned along the way to help you first time home buyers keep your cool while waiting for the transaction to be completed. Let’s begin with a few […]

The Real Cost of Owning a Home



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Recently, I met up with my friend Jen for lunch and she told me that she and her husband were looking to buy their first home.  They have been renting for a couple of years while saving money for a down payment and they had finally put enough way to start seriously shopping around. She […]

How Does Your State Rate? An Interactive Map of the Economy



MoneyChoice.org recently released an interactive map called The Financial States of America. The graphic analyzes a whole slew of economic data and ranks each state in various categories to provide a clear picture of the overall economy. I wasn’t shocked to discover that my home state of New Jersey has some of the highest housing […]

Mortgage Escrow Accounts Explained



If you’re currently paying a mortgage on your home, odds are you’re paying your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance through a mortgage escrow account.  But what is a escrow account and is it really necessary? A mortgage escrow account is kind of like a forced savings account.  When you make your monthly mortgage payment, you’re […]

Moving? Think Twice Before Selling Your Home



Americans are extremely mobile and move many times during their lifetimes.  While some individuals may be born and raised in one county and stay there for the rest of their lives, this is becoming increasingly uncommon.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.6% of the 37.1 million people who moved in 2009 moved into a […]

Selling Your Home? Think Like an Appraiser Instead of an Owner



Selling your home is more than just a financial transaction; it’s also an emotional experience.  It can be difficult to put your personal feelings aside while nitpicking strangers walk through your home and show no appreciation for all the work you’ve put into it. But if you want an honest opinion of what your home […]

House Hunting? Expect to See Some Crazy Stuff…



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We’re in the process of moving and let me tell you we saw some crazy stuff during our house hunting adventures. When you’re selling your home it’s important to make sure that everything is in working order and that the house is clean and has plenty of curb appeal.  There are many inexpensive projects you […]

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